MOTORCYCLISTS who ply the Kesas Expressway are putting their lives and that of other motorists at risk when they use the main highway instead of the dedicated motorcycle lane.
According to highway concessionaire Kesas Sdn Bhd, motorcyclists are violating the law when they intrude onto the main highway that links Kuala Lumpur to Klang.
“Our accident statistics show that motorcycle accidents are increasing on a yearly basis,” said Kesas traffic safety manager Khairi Noordin.
Of the 1,483 vehicular accidents recorded by Kesas between 2006 and 2012, 889 involved motorcycles.
In vehicular accidents that resulted in 70 fatalities, 51 were cases involving motorcyclists.
“Forty-eight fatalities involving motorcyclists occurred on the main line, while three happened on the cycle track (motorcycle lane).
“It is dangerous when the motorcyclists weave in and out between other vehicles and unfortunately, they get caught when heavy vehicles are unable to brake in time,” said Khairi.
The police had also issued 2,343 summonses last year and 1,210 summonses up to September this year to motorcyclists who did not use the cycle track.
Kesas’ senior management representatives said the motorcyclists would give all sorts of excuses when asked why they insisted on using the main highway line.
They claimed that the cycle track was not safe, that they wanted to escape checks by traffic police (which are conducted on the cycle track) and that the main line is shorter.
Kesas engineering and operations division deputy general manager Mohammed Shah Samin said the Kesas Expressway was one of three highways in Malaysia that had a dedicated cycle track, along with the Federal Highway Route Two and Guthrie Corridor Expressway.
“The Kesas Expressway’s cycle track measures 3m-wide and is designed for vehicles with two wheels.
“It is sufficiently lit and installed with the necessary safety features such as speed breakers. Kesas also has a team that patrols the highway on a 24-hour basis,” said Mohammed Shah.
Despite Kesas’ education and awareness efforts such as installing signage and announcing reminders via the Variable Message System electronic signboards, Khairi said motorcyclists continue to flout the law and ignore the danger of using the main highway.
“Kesas works closely with the police and Road Transport Department, which have the authority to enforce road regulations.
“We will continue our efforts to educate and create awareness among the motorcyclists, including highlighting statistics and death rates,” he added.
Mohammed Shah said Kesas also coordinated with the Highway Concessionaires Association, Malaysian Highway Authority, Works Ministry and Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research to conduct annual road safety campaigns, particularly during the festive seasons.
“Ultimately, it boils down to the attitude and mentality of the motorcyclists.
“They need to change their driving approach and not rush to their destination,” said Khairi.
Kesas’ senior management said they would continue advising all motorcyclists to use the cycle track for the safety of all highway users, especially their own.